IL Supreme Court to hear IHSA records case

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The Illinois Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Tuesday over whether the Illinois State High School Association is subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.

In 2014, a watchdog organization called the Better Government Association filed suit after IHSA declined a public records request for documents including sponsorship contracts with Nike, Gatorade and other corporations.

IHSA has argued that it is a private organization and not a subsidiary of a public body and is not subject to the state’s Freedom of Information Act. The Better Government Association, however, argues that IHSA performs a government function by overseeing interscholastic sporting events for public schools. Two lower courts have sided with IHSA.

Oral arguments at the Supreme Court are scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The Better Government Association says the case could have broader significance, as state government delegates responsibilities to non-governmental organizations that may not be subject to public information requirements.

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